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Art 270 - Art of Africa, Asia and the Americas


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Find Background Information

Use encyclopedias,  dictionaries,  and handbooks to familiarize yourself with the terminology in the discipline and to get background information.  Our reference collection has little specifically on Africa, Asia and pre-columbian American art. However these encyclopedias are a good place to start.

Dictionary of Art. 34 volumes, Grove, 1996.  Ref 703 D554

Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art, Groves, 1999.  Ref 709.803 En56      

Encyclopedia of World Art, 17 volumes, McGraw-Hill, 1959-1987.  Ref 703 En19    

Handbook of Japanese Art by Noritake Tsuda.  C. E. Tuttle Co., 1976.   Ref 709.52 T882h2       

A Pictorial encyclopedia of the Oriental Arts, 7 volumes, Crown Publishers , 1969.  Ref 709.503 P611        

Praeger Encyclopedia of Art, 5 vols. Praeger Publishers, 1979.  Ref 703 P897     

Find articles and essays   

        Academic Search Premier  This multi-disciplinary database indexes over 8100 journals and provides full text for 4700 journals.

      Humanities International Complete. 1925+. Find articles covering literature, philosophy, the arts, history, and culture.

        JSTOR I, III, and IV   This database has the full text of journals from volume one until the past 3 to 5 years. The Arts & Sciences I collection 
        contains 119 titles in the humanities and social sciences; Arts and Sciences III contains 150 titles in language and literature, music, film studies,
        folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture.
    Find Images

        ArtSTOR This database of 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology allows you to find images of almost any kind. You can
        enlarge and zoom in on an image. You can save images to a file for later use.

        Google Images All the power of Google can be harnessed to retrieve an amazing variety and number of images.

Internet links       

Art History Resources on the Web A very comprehensive site covering all time periods and including examples of all artists' works.

Art Museum Network  Links to 200 museums and a newsletter

Artlex Art Dictionary. Art-related definitions with examples, illustrations and links-- a very visual dictionary!

Timeline of Art History A complete history of art with links to each time period with examples. There is even some audio. You can here a Mozart sonata played on a 1693 Stradivarius violin or see a Chinese silver dish from the Tang dynasty!

Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Gallery of Art

National Museum of African Art This is a part of the Smithsonian museums, with collections of costumes, masks, sculpture, furnishings and much more.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pre-Columbian Art and History A web site with a section devoted to links to may sites focusing on Aztec, Olmec, Mayan, Incan and other early art.

Princeton University Art Museum This museum site has a nice section on pre-columbian art.


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